New Year’s Resolutions for Los Angeles Residents

Is it just me, or has the whole New Year’s resolution thing gotten a little stale? I mean, let’s be honest: who Not Reduce your credit card debt, quit smoking and learn to play the accordion in 365 days? (Complete this trifecta and you’ll be the New Year’s Eve party guest everyone loves to hate.) How about this: Instead of aiming for—and if you fail miserably like me—to become a better person all round, just choose to get better Angeleno?

As we spend 2023 fixing our weaknesses about this powerful city we call home (first resolution: stop calling it “La La Land”), we might have the wind on our backs and a dip in our steps (second resolution: Explore LA on foot – see how easy it is?) to tackle some of these larger improvement goals in 2024 and beyond.

So if you’re ready to start your journey to becoming a better Angeleno, here are some suggestions to kickstart the pump and get you on the right track.

  1. Stop typing “On the way” if you’re running late and haven’t even left the house yet.
  2. Save water by showering with a friend. (After all, we are in a mega drought!)
  3. Actually make it to the beach this year. (The actual sand part with toes in the water and all. It doesn’t count if you’re just looking at it from the Pacific Coast Highway as you drive by.)
  4. Stop being the third car to turn left at a yellow light.
  5. Stop calling it “Cali”. (See also “La La Land” above.)
  6. If you’re invited to a home in the Hollywood Hills, be sure to check the home’s value on Zillow before you decide to respond.
  7. Go somewhere in Los Angeles that really scares you. (If that doesn’t sound challenging enough, try it up.)
  8. Learn your neighbors’ names—not just their dogs’ names.
  9. Convince a local business to put your portrait on the wall. (Note: This resolution only works if you make it ironically. If you’re already a celebrity, convince them to take your photo off the wall.)
  10. Stop blaming the traffic.
  11. Stop blaming the weather.
  12. Stop blaming the “homeless problem”. Instead, do something to help.
  13. Stop putting off lunch.
  14. Become a master of LA arcana. (Why is it called SigAlert? Who was Griffith J. Griffith? What is the city drunk Surname?)
  15. Visit the 101-year-old landmark Watts Tower.
  16. Walk the entire length of Wilshire Boulevard from downtown LA to the beach. (Yes, it’s 15.8 miles, but you also have 12 months.)
  17. Stop saying, “We should totally hang out” when you don’t want to hang out at all.
  18. Check out the top 10 best things to do in California from your list. (Then work your way through the rest of the 101 list.)
  19. Learn the name – and the boundaries – of your neighborhood. (We make it easy for you.)
  20. Learn about your second assistant. (As in something that goes beyond a first name — although that’s a good start.)
  21. Tear up your lawn. Save California.
  22. Stop taking up two parking spaces with one car.
  23. Stop texting or unpacking a protein bar or putting on eyeliner while driving. (You know who you are.)
  24. Stop acting surprised there’s traffic on the 405 Freeway.
  25. Eat at all 14 of the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees on the LA Times 101 Best Restaurant List.
  26. Make one of LA’s social justice dispensaries your go-to place to buy cannabis. (Here’s a list of 11 to get you started.)
  27. Finally, try public transport. (And yes, LA has a subway.)
  28. hike more. Doom scroll less.
  29. volunteer. (Not just on vacation.)
  30. Once a week, do something social that’s not just about drinking (e.g. spooky karaoke spots or brushing up on your bar trivia skills).
  31. Stop leaving the Arena before the last buzzer.
  32. Stop calling Arena “the old Staples Center.”
  33. Every time someone mentions the Beverly Center, stop saying, “I used to do pony rides there.”
  34. Actually get to know the names of the actors who play your favorite TV characters.
  35. Learn the local weather jargon. Begin with June gloom, Santa Ana winds, coastal gyres, El Niño and La Niña.

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